Conclusions: A Right to Freedom of Speech at Work?

Lucy Vickers

in Freedom of Speech and Employment

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198268307
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683497 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Conclusions: A Right to Freedom of Speech at Work?

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This chapter evaluates the status of right to free speech and suggests future developments in this area. The legal protection for the right to free speech at work is limited to protection of the right to blow the whistle on wrongdoing or malpractice at work. The more general right to freedom of expression, as defined in the main international human rights documents, does not survive entry to the workplace, and is not adequately protected against work based sanctions. The position seems to be, rather, that the employee's right to free speech is protected via his freedom to leave his employment.

Keywords: freedom of speech; work; whistleblowing; political speech

Chapter.  7325 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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